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A variety of distinguished and notable names have emerged from the beautiful and historical Italian region of Tuscany, including the notable surname Diniz. During the Middle Ages, as populations grew and travel between regions became more frequent, the people of Tuscany, who were originally known only by a single name, found it necessary to adopt a second name to identify themselves and their families. This process of adopting fixed hereditary surnames in Italy began in the 10th and 11th centuries, but it was not completed until the modern era. The development of Italian hereditary surnames followed general principles and were characterized by derivatives from one's given name. The patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's given name, was one of the most common name types found in the region of Tuscany. This system of name-making was widely used because it linked well with the existing Feudal System and during the Christian era, many people named their children after saints and biblical figures. The surname Diniz came from the name Dino, which is in turn a pet form of many personal names with the ending "dino" or "dini."

Diniz Early Origins



The surname Diniz was first found in Florence (Italian: Firenze), where records date back to the year 1283, when Taddeo Dini dedicated his life to the Catholic Church.

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Diniz Spelling Variations


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Diniz Spelling Variations



Italian surnames have a surprising number of forms in comparison with other European surnames because they reflect the regional variations and the many dialects of the Italian language, each of which has its distinctive features. For example, in Northern Italy the most standard Italian surname suffix is "I", whereas in Southern Italy the most typical surname suffix is "O". Sardinian is very different from other forms of Italian and in fact, it is considered to be its own distinct language. Additionally, spelling changes frequently occurred because medieval scribes, church officials, and the bearers of names, spelled names as they sounded rather than according to any specific spelling rules. As a consequence of the major changes in the Italian language and in the local spellings of Italian surnames that occurred over the course of history, there are numerous variations for the surname Diniz. These spelling variations include Dini, Dino, Dinelli, Dinello, and Dinissiaco. and others.

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Diniz Early History


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Diniz Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Diniz research. Another 190 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1621, 1625, 1670, and 1700 are included under the topic Early Diniz History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Diniz Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Diniz Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent among members of the family was Giovanni Dini, a Florentine politician during the 14th century. Pietro Dini was an ecclesiastic in Florence during the 16th century; Pietro di Agostino Dini...

Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Diniz Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Diniz were Abdo Dini, who arrived at Ellis Island from Saidneya, Turkey in 1914; Alberto Dini, aged 42, who arrived at Ellis Island in 1892; and Cemira Dini, aged 43, who arrived at Ellis Island in 1895..

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Contemporary Notables of the name Diniz (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Diniz (post 1700)



  • Jacinto F. Diniz (1887-1949), American Democrat politician, Member of Massachusetts State House of Representatives, 1940-48; Candidate for U.S. Representative from Massachusetts 9th District, 1947, 1948
  • King Denis Diniz (1261-1325), king of Portugal

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    2. Bongioanni, Angelo. Nomi e Cognomi. Saggio di Ricerche Etimologiche e Storiche. Torino: A. Forni, 1979. Print.
    3. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    4. Fucilla, Josheph G. Our Italian Surnames. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0806311878).
    5. Bascapè, Giacomo and Marcello del Piazzo. Insegne e Simboli Araldica pubblica e privata medievale e moderna. Rome: 1983. Print.
    6. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
    7. Stiens, Robert E. Passenger list Italy to New York 1893 In Italian Genealogist. Torrance, CA: Augustan Society No 3, 1983. Print.
    8. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    9. Colletta, John P. Finding Italian Roots The Complete Guide for Americans. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2003. Print.
    10. Gheno, Antonio. Contributo alla Bibliografia Genealogica Italiana. Bologna: Forni, 1924. Print.
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    The Diniz Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Diniz Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 11 December 2015 at 14:45.

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